This discussion was held on 5 December 2020.
Taking off from Romila Thapar's Voices of Dissent: An Essay, brought out by Seagull Books in October 2020, this conversation brings the author together with Kunal Chakrabarti, Suhas Palshikar and Apoorvanand in discussing the wide arc of dissent from the Vedic times to the recent anti-NRC and -CAA protests.
Romila Thapar is an Indian historian whose principal area of study is ancient India. She is the author of several books including the popular volume, A History of India, and is currently Professor Emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
Kunal Chakrabarti was Professor of Ancient Indian History in the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests include social history of religion, regional histories with special reference to Bengal, history of environment with special reference to the forest, early Indian political ideas and institutions, and early Indian textual traditions.
Suhas Palshikar is an Indian academic and social and political scientist. He taught political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, and is chief editor of Studies in Indian Politics.
Apoorvanand teaches Hindi at Delhi University. He writes literary and cultural criticism. He also writes regularly on contemporary issues.